Date: July 06, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Yi holds nerve to win LPGA title

Lindsey Wright claimed a top-10 finish as Eunjung Yi won the LPGA Tour Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic title in a play-off with Morgan Pressel, despite surrendering a four-stroke lead earlier in the day. Yi could not reproduce her fireworks from Saturday, when she produced the round of the weekend – a 10-under 61 – to put herself in control. On Sunday she could manage just a two-birdie, two-bogey level-par round of 71 to finish 18-under for the tournament, while Pressel carded a 67 to close the gap. The South Korean was under pressure from Pressel, who began the day tied for second, for much of the round, but back-to-back bogeys at the 13th and 14th appeared to have undone much of the American&aposs good work. However, a birdie at the 16th and an eagle at the par-five 17th brought her back on terms with the South Korean, who bogeyed the 16th – and that was how it remained until the end of the round. Her fightback was in vain, however, as Yi held her nerve to claim the title in the play-off with a birdie on the 18th. The win also means Yi qualifies for next week&aposs US Women&aposs Open. Michelle Wie produced the round of the day – a seven-under 64 – to claim a share of third two strokes behind the leading pair, along with South Korean pair Seon Hwa Lee and Song-Hee Kim, who fired four-under and two-under respectively. Wright soared up the leaderboard with a closing 65 to finish in a share of eighth place at 14-under. Katherine Hull and Rachel Hetherington were tied for 29th place at nine-under.